Competitive Information for Poliwrath [Red/Blue]

Competitive Pokemon Red/Blue Movesets and Strategies for Poliwrath poliwrath
Base Stats for Poliwrath

Water / Fighting


Evolutions / Family:
Poliwag
Poliwhirl
Poliwrath

Weakness Chart for Water/Fighting-type:
Bug
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
2x
  
0.5x
2x
  
2x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Water
  
0.5x
  
  
2x
0.5x
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Poliwrath? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Red/Blue Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Red/Blue generation metagame.


Common team mates for Poliwrath in Pokemon Red/Blue:

RhydonJynxJolteonHypnoVictreebelRaichuElectrode


Poliwrath is pretty popular Water and Fighting-typed Pokemon. It's a pretty regular sight to see Poliwrath out in the 1st generation battlefield. There were no known abilities or equippable items back in the Red/Blue Pokemon games. Poliwrath is weak to Electric, Flying, Grass, and Psychic-typed attacks.


Species: Poliwrath
Moveset:
- Hyper Beam / Double-Edge
- Earthquake
- Seismic Toss / Counter
- Toxic

Physical Sweeper Poliwrath (Retro)

Poliwrath is an interesting Physical Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. The rules of gen-one were quite varied from today. Don't forget before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.

Hyper Beam is a physical 150-base power Normal-type move (can't move next turn if target or sub is not koed).
Double-Edge is a physical 100-base power Normal-type move (has 1/4 recoil).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move that deals a huge amount of damage.
Seismic Toss is a physical STAB-boosted 1-base power Fighting-type move (damage = Poliwrath's level. can hit ghost types).
Counter is a physical STAB-boosted 0-base power Fighting-type move (if hit by physical attack, returns double damage).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).




Species: Poliwrath
Moveset:
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Blizzard / Ice Beam
- Psychic
- Toxic

Special Sweeper Poliwrath (Retro)

Poliwrath is a sensational Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. From the original 151, few Pokemon could compare to Poliwrath at the start of the Pokemon metagame. Don't forget back before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move that deals a nice amount of damage.
Bubble Beam is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Water-type move (33% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
Blizzard is a special 120-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (33% chance to lower the target's special by 1 stage).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Poliwrath learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Blizzard
120
90%
5
10% chance to freeze the target.
Bubble
20
100%
30
33% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
33% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Hydro Pump
120
80%
5
No additional effect.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Psychic
90
100%
10
33% chance to lower the target's Special by 1.
Psywave
??
80%
15
Random damage from 1 to (user's level*1.5 - 1).
Surf
95
100%
15
No additional effect.
Water Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Bide
--
--
10
Waits 2-3 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Double Slap
15
85%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Double-Edge
100
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
No additional effect.
Fissure
--
30%
5
Deals 65535 damage. Fails if target is faster.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
Can't move next turn if target or sub is not KOed.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Rage
20
100%
20
Lasts forever. Raises user's Attack by 1 when hit.
Seismic Toss
??
100%
20
Damage = user's level. Can hit Ghost types.
Skull Bash
100
100%
15
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Submission
80
80%
25
Has 1/4 recoil.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Special by 2.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Hypnosis
--
60%
20
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Metronome
--
--
10
Picks a random move.
Mimic
--
--
10
Random move known by the target replaces this.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a Substitute.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Poliwrath can perform in Red/Blue. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive RB Move and Ability Combos for Poliwrath

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